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How do I know if I need a landscaper or a garden designer?

Updated: Feb 28

Let's start with what the difference is between a landscaper and a garden designers;

In summary, landscapers are more focused on the physical construction and maintenance of outdoor spaces, while garden designers concentrate on the aesthetic and functional design aspects, creating plans and layouts that guide the implementation process.  


Landscapers focus on physical implementation and construction, including grading, planting, and building structures such as patios, pergolas and decks. Many are skilled in plant installation and maintenance, often providing ongoing services.


Garden designers work closely with clients to understand their preferences, needs, and the intended use of the garden. Using their expertise in horticulture and design principles, they create bespoke plans and layouts for gardens, considering factors such as plant selection, colour schemes, texture, and overall design style.

While they may oversee initial installation, their primary role is in creating detailed plans for implementation by landscapers or contractors. 

Garden designers can be particularly valuable when you are not sure where to start, or are worried about making (expensive) mistakes with your garden; guiding you and helping you to envision your dream garden.

Garden designers help bring your vision to life with mood boards and layout designs
Garden designers help bring your vision to life with mood boards and layout designs

 So, how do garden designers and landscapers work together?

Garden designers and landscapers (and builders) often collaborate closely to bring their respective expertise together in creating beautiful and functional outdoor spaces. Here's how we typically work together to make your dream a reality:

  1. Initial Consultation: The process often begins with an initial meeting between you and the garden designer, and often your landscaper or builder. During this consultation, we discuss your vision, preferences, budget, and any specific requirements you have for your new outdoor space.

  2. Design Phase:

  • The garden designer takes the lead in the design phase. They work closely with you to develop a comprehensive plan for the garden, considering factors such as functional layout, plant selection, colour schemes and hardscape preference, and the overall aesthetic.

  • Once the initial design is complete, the garden designer may consult with the landscaper to ensure that the design is feasible within the given site conditions and budget constraints.  

When you don't know where to start, a designer will help you explore your options

3. Collaboration on Plans: The garden designer produces detailed plans and drawings that outline the design concept, including planting schemes, hardscape elements, and any other bespoke features. These plans serve as a guide for both the designer and the landscaper throughout the implementation process.

4. Implementation:

  • The landscaper takes on the role of implementing the design plan. They use their expertise in construction, planting, and hardscaping to bring the designer's vision to life.

  • Throughout the implementation phase, the garden designer may collaborate closely with the landscaper to address any unforeseen challenges, make adjustments to the design as needed, and ensure that the final result aligns with your dream garden vision.

5. Fine-Tuning and Maintenance: Once the garden is installed, the garden designer may provide guidance on plant care, maintenance schedules, and ongoing design enhancements. The landscaper may also offer maintenance services to keep the garden looking its best over time.


Overall, collaboration between garden designers and landscapers is essential for creating cohesive and harmonious outdoor spaces that meet your needs and vision perfectly. By leveraging our respective skills and expertise, we can achieve outstanding results that truly delight you.

For a free discovery call about your garden and landscape vision, or to book a consultation visit, get in touch:

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Creating great gardens is all about team-work, between you, your design and landscaper

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